Author: Darby Turnbow

A beautiful BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Hale Centre Theatre

West Valley City – Beauty and The Beast is a tale most are already familiar with. Belle, a beautiful girl, lives in a small French village with her inventor father. Gaston, a brutish but popular man, wants Belle to be his wife. When Belle’s father goes off to the fair with his invention, he becomes lost in the woods and stumbles upon the enchanted castle of a cursed prince turned beast. The Beast imprisons Belle’s father until Belle arrives and offers to take her father’s place. The Beast accepts her offer. The story follows Belle and Beast as they learn to respect, like, and eventually love each other. When Gaston learns of the Beast he and the villagers set out to destroy the Beast. It is a story of love, that is loved by many. I had the privilege of attending this production, directed by John J. Sweeney, at the Hale Center Theatre. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about Austin John Smith‘s interpretation of the Beast. The Beast felt a bit whiny and childish when he didn’t get his way, instead of powerful and intimidating, however, as the the show progressed, I decided that I enjoyed this interpretation. After all, the Beast was young when the curse began, and if Chip is still a child then the Beast really hasn’t gotten much older either. I liked that...

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Escape into SLEEPING BEAUTY’S DREAM

SANDY — Sleeping Beauty’s Dream, written and directed by Javen Tanner and performed by The Sting and Honey Company, is a retelling of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale. This version is perhaps the most unique telling I’ve yet encountered beacuse Sleeping Beauty’s Dream is written in a style similar to Shakespeare’s plays. There are rhythmic speech patterns, iambic pentameter, sonnets, soliloquies, and rhyming couplets. The story merges Western European fairy tales with Norse mythology, and sprinkles in Irish and Greek mythology as well, along with Sycorax, the witch from The Tempest. The play tells two tales simultaneously, that of Aurora, a beautiful...

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Let’s hear it for a nice FOOTLOOSE at SCERA

OREM — Footloose, the stage adaptation with a script by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, lyrics by Pitchford, and music by Tom Snow, is always a good show choice when for companies with a lot of talented young people to work with. The SCERA Shell Theatre definitely has a good talent pool to pull from, so I had high hopes for their production of Footloose, directed by Jeremy Showgren and choreographed by Tyne Valgardson Crockett. Perhaps too high. The production was not bad, but I had a hard time connecting with it. Footloose follows the story of Ren McCormick, a Chicago...

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Fly to see HCTO’s production of PETER PAN

OREM — Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie, has been thrilling audiences since it debuted in 1904. Since then there have been at least 20 different stage adaptations and variations. I have seen several productions and various adaptations, but after attending Peter Pan at Hale Center Theater, I have now seen my absolute favorite production of the beloved tale. This Peter Pan is a musical adaptation lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green and music by Mark Charlap and Jule Styne. HCTO’s Peter Pan was directed by Dave Tinney, and follows much of the original story line of Peter...

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Make the SCERA’s THE LITTLE MERMAID a part of your world

OREM — Although The Little Mermaid has been a stage production since 2007 (with the current version of Doug Wright‘s script available since 2012) I hadn’t seen it until recently. It hadn’t been high on my list of shows I wanted to see, but after watching it at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre I realized I’ve been missing out on a great show. The musical version of The Little Mermaid, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Salter, has many of the songs loved in the original Disney 1989 animated film, with plenty of new songs...

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